After over a decade of silence, Ghostface returns this month in "Scream 4," but the killer will face a new world where the "horror movie rules" continue to evolve, according to director Wes Craven.
"Scream 4" is set to launch a new trilogy in Dimension Films' popular slasher franchise with Craven ("A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Scream 1-3") returning to the helm along with writer Kevin Williamson ("The Vampire Diaries," "The Faculty").
“I think the very essence of the Scream films is that we always break the rules of horror," Craven said during a recent press day in Los Angeles. "We establish what the rules are in all of our films, and then we immediately break them, and that started with frame one of the original movie. You have a character say ‘I’ll be right back,’ but he turns out to be the killer. Neve has sex in the first one, but she lives.
"It kind of drives the audience nuts sometimes because they think they know what’s coming but then we hit them right out of left field.”
Another spin on the franchise is how Ghostface has updated his hunting techniques since the last film, according to David Arquette, who plays officer Dewey Riley.
"Even technology has changed so much that it has affected what kind of killer Ghostface is this time around," Arquette said. "It’s a whole new playground for the killer.”
"Scream 4," which hits theaters April 15, also stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Anna Paquin ("True Blood"), Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars"), Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes"), Adam Brody ("The O.C."), Emma Roberts ("Aquamarine"), Alison Brie ("Community").
View the latest trailer for the film here.
See more of Craven's interview at Dread Central.
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